Friday, June 26, 2009


The other day, I got home from work, and Tyler was giving me hugs and kisses. He just had his lips on mine, so I kissed him. He said "no, stay here until I finish the kiss."

So, we sat there for a few seconds and, with his lips still pressed against mine, I heard him say,


Apparently computer game lingo gets in a little boys brain. :)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's Day

Yesterday, we stopped at Kohl's. Wayne stayed in the car and Tyler came in with me. While we were there, I saw some neckties and decided it was time to update Wayne's selection (since his only ties are from high school and college...and are a bit outdated). We purchased two neckties and I told Tyler that they are for Wayne for Father's Day. I neglected to say that this was a secret.

We got into the car and Wayne asked what we got. I told him about the clothes I had gotten. Tyler piped up, "and we got you three bow ties." OK, so he wasn't really paying attention, but close enough I guess.

Wayne asked Tyler whether it was supposed to be a secret. I looked at Tyler and nodded, that yes, it was supposed to be a secret. Tyler looked uncomfortable. To Wayne, I said, "well, that's not quite right anyway." Like that's really tricky of me. Ha ha.

Tyler, in the meantime, sat quietly then piped up, "actually, we got you two plants for the garden." Then grabbed my face and whispered, "I'm tricking him."

I love that he tried to fix it and came up with his own creative explanation. As long as he learns only to tell little white lies when it is something like this. Never mind that we all know you can't buy plants at Kohl's. :)

Happy Father's Day, Wayne. And, to our fathers, Norm and Ted. We love you and appreciate you!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Kansas City

Last weekend, we went to Kansas City with Wayne's parents, Ted and Sue. We had a great time and packed in quite a few fun activities.

On Friday evening and Sunday afternoon, we took in KC Royals vs Cincinnati Reds baseball games. (And ate lots of ballgame food). Tyler whispered in my ear, asking which team we were cheering for. I explained which team we were going for, especially Grandpa. But, I explained he could cheer for the Royals since they are our Kansas team. He looked aghast and whispered that he would not cheer for the Royals! How dare I suggest such a thing? :) Sadly, the Reds lost both games. But, I must admit that it was neat to see the home team win. Tyler had a hard time sitting through the games, so a lot of time was spent walking and playing. I wonder how many more years it will be until he actually enjoys the game.

Saturday morning, we ventured to a local restaurant, Fritz's, where your food is delivered via a little train.

Tyler had been up late with us at the game/fireworks, so he was a little hard to get going in the morning. He was not quite ready to wear his engineer hat. Here I am, trying to make him jealous by wearing it myself. (It didn't work).

He did finally wear the hat, with his fake smile and glazed over eyes, obliging his father for the sake of the picture.

Tyler wanted to show Grandpa and Grandma T-Rex Cafe. He had a great time, and it was hard to convince him to leave.

Ted and Sue took Tyler to see Up. Wayne and I enjoyed the rare treat of seeing a movie together and saw The Taking of Pelham 123.

Sunday, we enjoyed a morning at the Kansas City Zoo. We loved the solitude and serenity. There were hills!! and lots of trees!! and water and birds singing and we just loved soaking in the feeling that we were far away from the city. It is huge, which is probably why we didn't see many people, and we didn't get to see nearly all of it. But, we'll just have an excuse to come back another time.

We all especially enjoyed the sea lion show.

Of course, there were yummy meals, swimming, some shopping, and relaxing thrown in too. We had a great time. Thanks, Ted and Sue!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Birds and the Bees

"What did the sperm say to the bagina?

Let's make a girl.

We never did that before."

- Tyler

Apparently this is the kind of joke my child concocts and tells at dinner, several days after his mother gives him a brief lesson on the birds and bees.

The reason for the lesson? I'm pregnant. When we told Tyler, the first thing out of his mouth was, "how did it get there?" And, after several requests for an explanation, he got one, as you can tell.

Tyler has already made known his request for a baby brother. "Because I'll be nicer to it if it's a brother." When I explained that I don't get to pick whether it's a boy or girl, and Wayne doesn't get to pick, he asked, "and I don't get to pick?" He now seems to understand that we'll all just have to wait and see.

Last night we all traipsed to my first prenatal appointment. My doctor did an ultrasound. I was so relieved and happy to see the baby, and hear the heartbeat. I am 10 weeks along and am due January 6, 2010. That seems like a long time from now.

We're all pretty excited.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Friday, June 5, 2009

a few more pics

A few more pics from the week.

Here's Tyler playing with his new Better Batter Baseball. (Which is fun to say quickly).

I just thought his face looked funny in this one.

Grandpa Norm playing the "outfield." Yes, I liked his expression in this picture too. :)

Cheri and Sam at their wedding.

Tyler posing with the dancing "girl" at the zoo.

Yes, Matt. Wayne did get the toilet installed a few weeks ago. :) We were pretty excited about this being done too.

My favorite lilies.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Wedding Weekend

Last Friday, while I was at school for Teacher Work Day, my parents flew in from Indiana for the weekend. I was at school, while my family enjoyed a trip to the zoo and a Thai lunch. Mom and Dad, by the way, got to see the new tiger exhibit before me. Oh, those lucky Hoosiers. :)

However, soon I was able to join them. We had a busy, fun, weekend together.

*We had dinner Friday in Hutchinson at uncle Ken's. After which, the boys went on a walk and I got a chance to chat with my Mom and aunts. After a late stop at uncle Ellis's house, we locked ourselves out of the rental car. Leave it to those farm boys to get that taken care of within about two minutes!

* Saturday, we played a little corn hole. I do believe that those of us less experienced players did improve a little during our games.

* We went to the water park so Tyler could show off his new swimming moves.

*And in the evening, we attended Cheri and Sam Flaming's wedding. It was sweet and romantic. And the food was good too. :)

*Sunday, we headed back up to Hutch for lunch and an afternoon of hanging out. We got to go tour Grandpa David's home and see how it really didn't change at all since he lived there. It had been a long time since I had been there and brought back lots of memories. Like that time I overdosed on Grandma Laura's Christmas candy and ended up feeling sick all evening. Ahh, the memories.

Before we knew it, it was time for Mom and Dad to head back to Indiana. Luckily, they are coming out again soon for a reunion, so we don't have to wait too long to see one another again.

Since then, I've been busy enjoying my week off of school before returning to work for Extended School Year (ESY). Put very simply, it's summer school for special education students.

So far this week, we've gone back to the water park, done a little shopping, napping, and gone to the zoo. Yes, I too have now seen the tigers!

And, perhaps most exciting...On Tuesday, Wayne installed the new storm door. It works beautifully. We had cross ventilation last night! The sun can shine in! And in moments of bad-Mommydom, now I can watch Tyler play in the driveway from inside the house. I know most people already have storm doors. Perhaps it is difficult to share in my love of the storm door. But, in any case, I. Am. Excited.